Kadokawa Page 32
Could someone please help me with ひとり頭. It’s not in a J-E dictionary, and I don’t understand the definition in the J-J. This is what I found: 費用を人数で割ったひとり分.
Something a little more random:
The next page brought masu-stem+かける to my attention. Am I right in thinking that this かける is used if you are in the middle of something…
but 途中 is only used for travel? ie. やっている途中の宿題を投げ出した would be incorrect. What about やっているところの宿題を投げ出した?
You shouldn’t break this sentence down like this. It’s ひとり + 頭を痛めながら、+ 考えつづけた.
ひとり here means “alone” or “by herself” (kanji could be either 一人 or 独り, I think), so She kept hurting her head while thinking about it by herself.
Yes, one of the meanings of masu stem + かける is that the action was started, or you’re in the middle of it. But 途中 can actually be used in that same sense, like 食事の途中で席を立つ, though I don’t know if it can be attached directly to verbs like you did, it would probably have to be 宿題の途中[…]. I’m not sure about ところ, though.
I have some trouble with the last sentence of chapter 6.
Goro rounded his eyes. Then he shivered. But what exactly does the second sentence mean? Especially the 横にはみだしたからだ part?
First sentence: That day, Kazuko didn’t try very hard in class. Though, every lesson was only stuff she already learned once.
Is that pretty much right? I’m having so much trouble translating these sentences, particularly the second one. And I know that redundancy is much more acceptable in Japanese than in English, but having the sentence start with もっとも (尤も) and end with だが still feels so strange to me.
Finally, twice on the first page, it says 一日だけ. What meaning of だけ is this exactly? “Only one day” doesn’t fit well from the context because it implies she’s considering that time could have gone back more than one. Perhaps the word “merely” or “simply” is better for an English translation? Or is it something else entirely?
As far as story, just from the first page, Kazuko sure went quickly from “time reversed a day” to “time reversed for me a day”, and therefore from “I’m so confused, this makes no sense” to “ah, that’s the only logical explanation”. Just thought it was kind of funny.
Well, yeah. But hurting your head (“racking your brains”) is an idiom for being concerned or stressed about some issue or problem in English, too. Think it implies 悩む
Yeah but, I’d say “although, every lesson was stuff she’d already learned once anyway… (so it’s not like it mattered)”
もっとも has a “of course” or “obviously” feel to it’s “though,” and does often complete with a “but” word.